Current British record: 1lb 5oz (2002) Simon Ashton, River Wear
Also known as Darts, these fast swimming species are a quick and powerful fish for its size. This species shares the same body shape as a Roach but this species only has silver on its side and no shades of blue. They also have a yellow tinge to their eyes where as a Roach has a red colour to its eye. The Dace shows off its white fins with a feint red tinge, The Dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins are tipped black. When young the Dace can be mixed up with the Chub, telling them apart is easy, the Chub has a mouth twice the size of a Dace at the same size.
With a UK best of 1lb and 5oz this is a great catch as its average weight is between 2 to 6 ounces.
The average size of an adult Dace is around 4 to 6 inches when fully matured.
This fighting species last a little longer than others of its size, the Dace will survive between 8 to 16 years.
Dace spend a lot of their time whipping around fast flowing pools and shallow areas. Dace love their river habitat and will stay within the top half of the water, unless it’s spawning time where the ladies will go to the depths.
Dace are shoaling fish that use their well defined bodies to pick up great speed, darting about their environment with ease. Because of their energy, Dace are common live bait for Pike anglers.
Dace will feed upon anything small enough to nibble on, from aquatic insect life to small molluscs on the river bed. If on the hunt for a Dace, equip yourself with maggots and casters. For best results use a stick float to trot through the fast waters. Don’t forget to check out the float section on how to best set up a stick float.
When the time comes close to mate, the gents will head off downstream to shallow waters and the ladies will go down to the depths. When it is time for the eggs to be laid, the ladies will move upstream and lay their eggs close to the males. The females can produce between 6000 to 9000 eggs each. The eggs will rest in fine gravel and reeds where they will hatch three weeks later. The Dace will put their eggs to incubate in areas that are darker to aid protection from hungry species that they share their environment with.
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The Fishing UK Team!